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Change to the Friday Night Schedule

October 22nd, 2016< by Roz --> · No Comments

In a change to our previously published schedule, the workshop ‘How (Not) to Give a Good Reading’ running before the Open Mic even on Friday 28th will start at 18:45. There will be a short presentation from David Gullen and Gaie Sebold followed by a Q&A and then a short break before the Open Mic.

If you’d like a more hands-on opportunity to practice your reading skills, Frances Kay is offering 15 minute sessions of 1:1 coaching on reading aloud, in the Snug on Saturday between 1 and 2 – head over to the Snug programme page for details on how to sign up.

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Advance Membership Closing Soon!

October 17th, 2016< by Jo --> · 2 Comments

If you have yet to buy your BristolCon Membership, I have to forewarn you that advance memberships will be closing at NOON on THURSDAY OCTOBER 27th 2016. If you want to save yourself a fiver pop over to the Membership page and get a membership before the cut-off!

Memberships will be available on the door for £30. Doors open at 9am.

Also, if you come to this year’s con you can sign up on the day for next year at the bargain price of £15 – just ask at the committee desk.

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Amunet Launches at BristolCon

October 9th, 2016< by Roz --> · No Comments

BristolCon’s feature booklaunch event in 2016 will feature as much tea and cake as usual, but this time with good reason. This year we’re hosting the launch of Robert’s Harkess’ Amunet, a gritty blend of urban fantasy and steampunk.


Amunet has a unique talent; she can talk to the dead. She has been told all her life that this is the key to rescuing her mother, who has been taken by mysterious and powerful forces. To unlock her mother’s prison, all she has to do is find the Locksmith. Posing as a medium, she scours Europe for the one person who can help her. Harry and his father are investigators, employed by the Church to
hunt down mediums and hand them over to the mercies of the Inquisition. Harry has always believed he, and the Church, were doing the right thing. Until now. Refusing to believe the Church claim that Amunet is evil, Harry risks his own life, and his relationship with his father, to free her from under the eyes of the Church. As Harry loses his heart to Amunet, she guides him on a journey to prevent a terrible evil being set loose in the world.

Amunet is available from good booksellers and convenient booksellers alike, and will of course be on sale at the convention.


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BristolCon 2016 Progress Report 3a

September 30th, 2016< by Roz --> · No Comments

Two posts in one day is not great social media management, but I couldn’t wait to share the news that the programme is now fully up on the site, with links to the participant’s bios. It’s split by room, with the Friday night Fringe events, the Art Show presentations and the Games schedule under Other Programming.

Signups are open for the Small Group Sessions, and we have a delicious looking crop of them this year. Can’t wait!

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BristolCon Does Do Costume

September 30th, 2016< by Roz --> · No Comments

…we said we would never, never, but the eagle-eyed among you may already have noticed the discreet mention of CosPlay on the Entertainment page and in my June Progress Report.

Since Halloween is upon us, Bristolcon is holding a costume competition. Costumes can be spooky, spiffy (steampunk is on topic for the con this year!) or surprising – or perhaps all three? We’ll be putting competition tokens in goody bags for members to hand to the people who’s costumes please them the most, and the winner will be announced at the Closing Ceremony. There’ll be a small prize.
So, consider this a timely reminder to get your thinking caps on and your Goblin Hats ready. Dazzle us on the day!

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Alastair Reynolds Signing At Forbidden Planet Bristol – Thursday October 6th

September 30th, 2016< by Jo --> · No Comments

Heads up, Bristol people! Former Bristolcon Guest of Honour Alastair Reynolds will be signing copies of his latest SF space pirate adventure novel, Revenger, at Forbidden Planet in Bristol at 6pm on Thursday 6th October 2016 – be there if you can!

The galaxy has seen great empires rise and fall. Planets have shattered and been remade. Amongst the ruins of alien civilisations, building our own from the rubble, humanity still thrives.

And there are vast fortunes to be made, if you know where to find them . . .

Captain Rackamore and his crew do. It’s their business to find the tiny, enigmatic worlds which have been hidden away, booby-trapped, surrounded with layers of protection – and to crack them open for the ancient relics and barely-remembered technologies inside. But while they ply their risky trade with integrity, not everyone is so scrupulous.

Adrana and Fura Ness are the newest members of Rackamore’s crew, signed on to save their family from bankruptcy. Only Rackamore has enemies, and there might be more waiting for them in space than adventure and fortune: the fabled and feared Bosa Sennen in particular.

Revenger is a science fiction adventure story set in the rubble of our solar system in the dark, distant future – a tale of space pirates, buried treasure and phantom weapons, of unspeakable hazards and single-minded heroism . . . and of vengeance . . .

This sounds awesome – can’t wait to get my hands on it!


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BristolCon 2016 Progress Report 3

September 27th, 2016< by Roz --> · Comments Off on BristolCon 2016 Progress Report 3

It’s tempting to simply type several paragraphs of “Aaaaarghghghhg!” at this point, as the BristolCon team readies the castle for the coming onslaught of writers, readers, editors, gamers, Very Hard Quiz Questions, workshops, flashing lights and cake. Banners are flying. Chargers are snorting. The jousting schedule is almost ready.

These last few weeks before the convention always seem to surprise us, despite the fact that some of us have been doing this for quite a while now. Every year we promise ourselves we’ll do things earlier, and every year Life gets in the way and it’s a mad scramble to pull all the essential elements of a BristolCon out of the maelstrom surrounding us and nail them in place. OK, that might be too many metaphors.

By the end of this week we should have published:

  • Main programme of panels and events
  • Small Group Sessions, with signups open
  • Art Show programme
  • Games Room provisional timetable of hosted games, and list of other games available to play
  • Details of Open Mic and workshop(s) on the Friday night.

Programme participants will be contacted shortly.

Minions will be invited to check the programme so that our Minion King, Ade, can design the rota to everyone’s satisfaction. If you are interested in being a Minion, please contact volunteers[at]bristolcon[dot] org. We need people to time panels, ensure water jugs are filled, move chairs and so on. The more Minions, the lighter everyone’s duties, and you get a) a special rate on next year’s convention membership b) a warm fuzzy feeling and c) cake, of course!

On the day, we’ll be recruiting people to the Committee for next year; if you’re interested in that please contact chair[at]bristolcon[dot]org.

Any questions? We love to catch up with our members on Twitter (@bristolcon) or on facebook.

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Advertisers Note!

September 18th, 2016< by Roz --> · Comments Off on Advertisers Note!

Due to demand for colour ads, we will again be printing the whole programme book in colour. Rates for inner page ads remain as published here. I am extending the deadline for submission of adverts to this Friday, 23rd September, so if you have something you want to promote to our lovely members, get in touch!

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Advertise in the BristolCon Programme Book

September 12th, 2016< by Roz --> · 1 Comment

If you would like to see your ad in our programme book at BristolCon 2016, please contact me (Roz) on media[at]bristolcon[dot]org or on twitter @bristolcon within the next 7 days.

We’re also still accepting items for goodie bags – if you have any flyers, bookmarks, promo cards or merchandise you’d like to send us please let us know soon. We need to receive your items by the end of this week if possible.

Outside cover full page (colour) £30 (portrait) [sold subject to image approval]
Inside cover full page (colour) £25 (portrait)
Inside cover half page (colour) £15 (landscape)
Inner page full page (b&w) £15 (portrait)
Inner page half page (b&w) £10 (landscape)
Inner page quarter page (b&w) £7.50 (portrait or banner)

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Programme Participation applications close today

September 11th, 2016< by Roz --> · 2 Comments

Just a quick note to let you know that we will be taking down the programme participation form this evening at 9pm. We’re excited to have already received record numbers of applications, and MEG is now faced with the enormous challenge of trying to fit as many people as possible into the right slots! Please bear with us while she wrestles with forms and spreadsheets; we’ll let you know the outcome as soon as we possibly can.

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